By Jacques Barzun
This 3rd version back makes on hand to contemporary readers the vintage and complete learn of 1 of the main radical and influential composers.
Two quantity set with illustrations.
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Wedderburn’s harangue lasted an hour. Joseph Priestley was among the spectators, probably the only true friend of Franklin’s in the room. Franklin himself stood in silence throughout the attack (only the Privy Councillors had seats), and declined to make a rebuttal statement. The Massachusetts petition was of course dismissed as groundless. The following day Franklin was removed from the position of deputy postmaster-general, which he had held for twenty years, and this action perhaps hurt him more than Wedderburn’s tirade because he had made the post office a profitable operation for the crown, and was proud of it.
The most famous of Collinson’s business associates was John Bartram, whom George III subsequently appointed as American botanist to his court. Part of the original Bartram farm still exists as part of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system. ” Collinson was an active member of the Royal Society, but produced little original scientific work. His best-remembered paper (published in 1760) concerned the migration of swallows. It consisted of a well-reasoned argument, based on correspondence and travelers’ accounts, that swallows migrate between summer and winter ranges, and that they do not, as was then commonly believed, hibernate in their summer quarters under water.
It met at the famous Mitre Tavern on Fleet Street, where Samuel Johnson regularly held court. Only Fellows of the Royal Society were admitted to membership in the club, and politics and religion were strictly forbidden subjects for discussion. Careful records of attendance were kept and are preserved, and from them we learn that Franklin was frequently invited–– as well as the revealing fact that his invitations became more numerous after the Cockpit hearing, where official England had declared him unfit for association with decent men.